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Santa Barbara City College Associate of Science in Environmental Horticulture: Ecological Restoration and Management Emphasis
Santa Barbara City College

Associate of Science in Environmental Horticulture: Ecological Restoration and Management Emphasis

Santa Barbara, USA

2 Years

English

Full time

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USD 419 / per credit

On-Campus

Introduction

Emphasis in Ecological Restoration and Management

The Environmental Horticulture Program teaches the basic skills and provides state-of-the-art information required to develop a strong foundation for a variety of career specialties within the landscaping, ornamental horticulture and the regenerative and restoration industry. The program encourages professional standards, a strong work ethic and environmentally sound management practices.

Horticulture industry professionals from throughout the community serve as members of the college’s Environmental Horticulture Advisory Committee. These “hands-on” professionals provide guidance, expertise and leadership in enhancing the program’s response to community and industry needs. They meet yearly with program staff members, college administrators and student representatives to review program goals and objectives. Course offerings and content have been determined through this participation and are geared to meet the needs of the landscape, ornamental horticulture and habitat management trades.

On the college’s East Campus, practical lab classes utilize two outdoor classroom gardens, the SBCC Lifescape and Chumash Point Ethnobotanical Preserve. The gardens are also the site of the nursery/ greenhouse unit. The Environmental Horticulture (EH) Program is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills at the apprentice level to begin work in a wide range of landscape trades. There are three vocational approaches within the Environmental Horticulture program: (1) the one-semester Skills Competency Award approach; (2) the Certificate of Achievement approach, where the certificate is awarded after the one-year (two-semester) format is successfully completed; and (3) the certificate can lead to any one of the four two-year A.S. Degree options in:

a. Landscape Contracting, C-27 License (satisfying one or more years of State requirements)

b. Environmental Landscape Design

c. Nursery & Greenhouse Technology

d. Ecological Restoration and Management

The program cannot guarantee job placement; however, many landscape industry employers, in search of energetic and skilled apprentices, contact the college to request referral of program graduates. The EH Program Skills Competency Award, EH Certificate and Certified Green Gardener, and Associate Degrees often provide expanding job opportunities.

Environmental Horticulture (EH) teaches students the skills and knowledge required for success in the professions of landscape maintenance, landscape design, permaculture, nursery and greenhouse work, and ecological restoration. The program encourages professional standards, a strong work ethic and environmentally sound practices.

Horticulture industry professionals from the local community serve as members of the EH Department’s Advisory Committee, providing guidance and expertise in enhancing the EH program’s curriculum to ensure students are receiving up-to-date knowledge and skills needed to garner positions in the industry.

Through field trips and professional guest speakers, students have a chance to meet actual horticulture businesses and meet industry professionals. This helps prepare the student for future work and lays the groundwork for student’s professional horticulture contacts--many landscape industry employers, in search of energetic and skilled apprentices, contact the department when looking for new apprentices, interns and employees.

Class lectures are held inside, while the lab portion of classes utilize two outdoor, instructional gardens: the SBCC Lifescape Garden and the Chumash Point Ethnobotanical Preserve. The gardens are also the site of the department’s nursery/greenhouse unit.

There are no prerequisites for EH courses: Each can be taken as a stand alone course for personal enrichment, or as a series working towards a college Certificate or A.S. degree in EH.

Planning a Program of Study

Many students of this program enter with some horticulture experience, working in the department's horticulture garden on campus, in the landscape contracting industry, the nursery/greenhouse industry, in landscape maintenance, design or ecological restoration. However, some students enter the program with no background in horticulture and enroll to gain such experience. The classes are open to anyone, home gardener, professional landscaper, designer, or farmer. There are no pre-requisites for any courses and students can start the program with any class.

Typically, more advanced students in the program enroll in EH 290 Work Experience In Environmental Horticulture. This course is considered a vital aspect of the program—generating two to four units of credit each semester for enrollees and giving the student real-world experience in the horticulture field, before they graduate. The college, the student and job supervisor work together to develop meaningful work experience situations and projects. Often, the professional relationships forged during this course lead to longer-term employment for the student or at least exposure to successful professionals in the horticultural field.

Units earned under the one-year Certificate of Achievement program can be applied toward the Associate Degree; many articulate toward the Horticulture degree program offered by California Polytechnic State University and other California State Universities.

SBCC offers a Transfer Agreement Guarantee (TAG). A TAG is a contractual agreement between the student, SBCC, and specific four-year colleges or universities. This includes six University of California ( *UC) institutions, six California State Institutions (CSU), seven California private institutions, nine out-of-state institutions, as well as Honors Transfer Agreements with ten institutions and 8 CSUs without campus impaction. Students must enroll in the TAG program and work with a TAG advisor. Please click here to learn more on the TAG program website.

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